|Artist Jean-Michel Basquait|
Mikhail Gorbachev became the new Soviet leader. President Ronald Reagan began his second term. Terrorists took 33 hostages on a TWA jet. Terrorists hijacked an Italian cruise ship. Terrorists seized an Egyptian Airliner after an Athens take-off. Fifty-nine died. “New Coke” bombed. A gigantic hole was found in the ozone layer. An Indiana University basketball coach threw a tantrum and a chair. Larry Bird scored 60 points in one game. The seatbelt law took effect. The first Internet domain was registered. A cluster of forty-one tornadoes hit Ohio, Pennsylvania New York and parts of Canada, leaving 76 dead. Claus Von Bulow was acquitted of murder in his wife’s death. Madonna appeared nude in Playboy and Penthouse magazines. Gary Kasparov became world chess champion. Amadeus won the Academy Award for Best Film. It was the year of release for The Color Purple, Prizzi’s Honor and Kiss of the Spider Woman. We also watched The Breakfast Club, The Goonies, Back To The Future, Weird Science, Rocky IV, Legend, Brazil and Clue. The Mystery Writers of America gave their top award to Briar Patch by Ross Thomas and the Private Eye Writers of America gave their top award, The Shamus, to Loren D. Estleman for Sugartown. We also read: The Talisman by Stephen King, The Sicilian by Mario Puzo, Love and War by Jon Jakes, So Long and Thanks For The Fish by Douglas Adams, and The Fourth Protocol by Frederick Forsyth. Topping the charts musically were: “Careless Whisper” by Wham, “Like A Virgin” by Madonna, “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham, “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner, “I Feel For You” by Chaka Khan, “Out Of Touch” by Daryl Hall and John Oates, and “Money For Nothing” by Dire Straits. Among those who took their first breaths this year were: Michael Phelps, Keira Knightley and Bruno Mars. Those who took their last include: Lloyd Nolan, Edmond O’Brien, Scott Brady, Richard Greene, Selma Diamond, Scott Brady, Rock Hudson, Ricky Nelson, Orson Welles, Yul Brynner, Ruth Gordon, Phil Silvers, Simone Signoret, Marc Chagall, Frank Oppenheimer, and Anne Baxter. If you were around, what were you doing during the year of the wood ox?